Back from vacation and, for many, a time to be thinking about going back to school! Many children return to school before Labor Day, which for some families might interrupt a late summer vacation. Others start after the long Labor Day weekend. Personally, I prefer the pre-Labor Day start. Transitioning back to a regular routine is not easy for most families. Knowing that after a few days back at school there will be a short intermission before returning to a full time schedule is less stressful. The first few days of school are usually filled with important information that is not usually academic – how to operate lockers, schedules, class changes, forms to complete, hall passes, dress codes, etc. By the time students return after Labor Day, they might be more focused and ready to attend to learning. Practicing the “get up for school” routine is a good way to get kids and parents ready for this new schedule. Grocery shopping for healthy breakfast foods and lunch box treats can get everyone involved. It is a special time punctuated with new school supplies and often a few new clothing items and lots of new friends! Hoping that your new school year is exciting!